2013 Team Issue HED Jet Wheelset
We drove down the road and negotiated a team deal with HED. We chose the Jet series of wheels because they offer the supple ride of a tubular with the flexibility of a clincher. The stability of the aluminum breaking surface, the aero of the deep carbon profile, and the resume of HED make this a no brainer for training and racing.
The DL loves high end stuff, but we also like using our high end stuff as much as possible. HED Jets allow you to ride and race on the same wheels, and keep your miles/$ ratio low.
Additional/Technical product information:
Available April 1st.
The first Aero clincher wheels, ever since 1990. The new 60mm aero section made specifically for the C2 rim make the Jet 6 better than ever. They're more aero, they roll better, corner better, and they're lighter. Even in crosswinds, the Jet 6 wheels are fast, it takes a strong crosswind to stall them out. These wheels have won everything from local crits to the Ironman World Championship.
Climbing? They're plenty light for climbing. We modeled a rider on our power/drag software to illustrate it. The model rider goes 190lbs total bike and rider weight, and we gave him 275 watts, pointed him into a 9kph headwind. We calculated two sets of numbers, one on 1320g wheelset with the drag characteristics of traditional low profile wheels, and a 300g heavier wheelset with the drag of Jet 6s. The lower drag of the Jets kept our model rider going faster until the grade reached 7.5%. Unless your race is all uphill in the mountains, Jets are going to get you to the finish faster.
For 2011 Jets are tuned with HED's proprietary SCT (Stability Control Technology) - adding improved crosswind handling to their stellar ride and cornering characteristics.
The 2008 introduction of the C2 platform was a dramatic improvement over our previous designs: aero drag was reduced substantially, and the use of wider tires dramatically improved cornering. Since the introduction of the C2 platform, HED. has spent two full years developing SCT, our proprietary rim profile tuning process. Each rim depth is shaped for lowest aero drag and fine-tuned to maximize stability in crosswinds.